Caffeine – A Danger From The First Cup

We all know just how good a hot cup of coffee feels in the morning when we are groggy. For so many of us, taking our daily cups of coffee is a hard to break habit. Making do with less sleep and more work seems a tough job indeed without a cup of coffee to the rescue!

However, there is one thing to be kept in mind while drowning one cup after another. Coffee and other stimulating beverages like it contain caffeine. Although it helps keep the mind attentive and lets a person put in more physical labour, it is imperative to keep a tight lid on caffeine consumption.

Now the first thing that any person who cannot live without his or her morning coffee will ask is – why? Before answering that, let me tell you a little more about caffeine. Caffeine is not just your lifeline to a wakeful morning but a potent psychoactive stimulant drug. It is not a harmless chemical that helps you stay awake. Being a drug it can do as much damage to your body as the misuse or overuse of any other drug can.

Caffeine mainly works by stimulating your Central Nervous System and thus helps mask fatigue. But in large amounts, caffeine can make your nervous system really go haywire. The most obvious consequence of an overdose of caffeine is the disruption of sleep. It is highly ironic that while you first consumed caffeine to help keep you awake, the same will keep you from getting quality sleep and cause you to resort to consuming more of it to stay awake.

Caffeine consumption also impairs memory. While long-term caffeine intake can damage long-term memory and learning abilities, even short-term memory impairment can occur with lower doses. Caffeine is also known to cause heart palpitations. For older post-menopausal women, taking in too much of caffeine can increase the rate of bone loss and lead to a painful disease – osteoporosis. Even weight-loss supplements are not beyond risk. Many such supplements contain caffeine which is present to aid the burning of β€œfat”. The problem is that the large quantity of caffeine present in these supplements exposes consumers to the dangers of caffeine-overdose. Caffeine can also increase the need to urinate in people who have less tolerance for the drug.

The saddest thing is that even children are not spared. More and more youngsters prefer their colas, sodas and energy drinks, all of which contain considerable amounts of caffeine to milk. As a result their growing bodies are being deprived of the healthy nutritive elements present in milk while being overloaded with caffeine. It has been found that high caffeine intake makes children hyperactive and prone to diseases like ADHD.

The tendency of caffeine to become addictive is most dangerous and that is precisely why lowering intake is always recommended. Remember that giving up caffeine for good is a personal choice left to you, but doing so would only help you preserve the gift of good health.

11 Responses to “Caffeine – A Danger From The First Cup”

  1. Justin Zoladz says:

    That is sooo true! I currently get about 4 cups of coffee and 2 more cans of Red Bull every day, simply cause my body needs it…damn, I wish I never would have started, now I got to work on quitting. Thanks for your work, it motivates me.
    - Justin Z

  2. Leam Hamil says:

    hey Justin,
    4 cups and 2 energy drinks is certainly way too much. The maximum that doctors suggest that coffee is healthy would equal around 2-3 cups of coffee…you could maybe try to drink a coke instead of coffee as it contains less caffeine, or substitute an energy drink for a piece of chocolate or something. keep in mind its about step by step, as the article says as well, it is about moderation. too bad its already children addicted too

  3. Joanna Lundford says:

    Wow, thanks for this information. I didn’t know that caffeine can even be found in supplements and medication. Yes, when I look around me I see children with sodas and energy drinks all over the place. No wonder companies put it in there making billion dollar profits…

  4. chrisibrand says:

    Yeah, caffeine actually depletes your body of many nutrients and minerals. It’s also responsible for dehydration – in other words, with every coffee you drink, you should also get some more water to make up for it.

    Dear Justin, I once also read that doctors recommend around 200-250mg of caffeine max per day and much less for pregnant mothers-to-be. I’d personally not recommend you more than two cups per day, because the constant up-and-down with the caffeine cycle through adrenaline is costing you much more energy than you might ever think it gives you.

    And long-term I guess it’s best to quit totally, but that is just my experience. Thanks for your comments, and let us know how you are progressing.

  5. Kasey Bateman says:

    This is very stimulating work you have created for us. Some people need to be guided that these things can happen to anyone. You have given me a better outlook now.

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